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The Barry Harris Trio Live at the Vanguard

January 26, 2012

Barry Harris left Detroit for New York City in 1960. Influenced by Art Tatum, Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk, Harris’s playing is noted for its similarity to Bud Powell.

Harris has played with Cannonball Adderley, Sonny Stitt, Illinois Jacquet, Coleman Hawkins, Dexter Gordon, and Max Roach. As a lead artist, he has recorded over 14 albums.

During the 1970s, Harris lived with Monk and his family at the Weehawken, New Jersey home of the jazz patroness Baroness Pannonica de Koenigswarter, and so was in an excellent position to comment on the last years of his fellow pianist.

Harris appears in the 1989 documentary film Thelonious Monk: Straight, No Chaser (produced by Clint Eastwood), performing duets with Tommy Flanagan.

Since 1991, Barry Harris has collaborated with Toronto-based pianist and teacher Howard Rees in creating a series of videos and workbooks documenting his unique harmonic and improvisational systems and teaching process.

In 2000, he was profiled in the film Barry Harris – Spirit of Bebop.

Barry Harris continues to perform and teach worldwide. When he is not traveling, he holds weekly music workshop sessions in New York City for vocalists, students of piano and other instruments.

Check out the Barry Harris Trio with Leroy Williams on drums and Ray Drummond on bass now through Sunday at the Village Vanguard.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2012 11:28 am

    I love Barry! I used to attend his weekly master classes at Lincoln Center. He’s a national treasure.

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